Dr. Shawky Mohamed
Shawky E. Mohamed, BDS, DDS, M.S.,
The Brasseler USA Professor of
Director of the TMJ Clinic
The standing-room-only crowd was full of happy
anticipation on the afternoon of September 25th.
The occasion was the retirement party of Dr.
Shawky Mohamed. When he stepped into the
breezeway, the large group parted in the middle
“like the opening of the Red Sea,” said Dr. Henry
Gremillion. Everyone laughed. Everyone needed a
way to begin to express their fond feelings for a
remarkable educator who for 30 years gave so much
to the LSU School of Dentistry that he came to
define the school.
Dr. Mohamed is a native of
Cairo, Egypt, where he began his stellar academic
career. In 1961, he received a bachelor of dental
surgery with honors from the University of Cairo.
He then came to America to attend the University
of Missouri at Kansas City where he received a
certificate and master’s degree in fixed
prosthodontics. He continued his studies at the
University of Iowa where he received his DDS in
He came to LSUSD in 1979 with an
appointment in the Department of Prosthodontics as
associate professor. Three years later he was
appointed full professor. In 2001, he was given
the high honor of being named the Brasseler USA
Professor of Prosthodontics.
Since coming to LSUSD, “Dr. Mohamed has
enriched the professional lives of over 4,000
students who have learned to respect and love
him,” said Dr. Arturo Mendez, chairman of the
Department of Prosthodontics. “I have never met a
teacher more dedicated and enthusiastic, with such
a strong passion for dentistry and dental
That opinion is echoed in his current students.
“It was an honor to be taught by such a
knowledgeable teacher,” said fourth-year student
Morgan Trahant. “His charisma in the classroom was
unique. He took the time to explain tough
material, go over details when we were confused,
and he truly cared about our well being.”
“Dr. Mo” touched the lives of the students in
personal ways: making sure he knew their names at
the beginning of the semester, using his personal
funds to buy coffee for the students during finals
and driving hours to attend the funeral of a
“When I’ve attended different dental
conferences around the nation, I have been amazed
to learn how many people knew of Dr. Mohamed and
could tell you stories of how he touched their
lives,” Trahant continued.
“Dr. Mohamed embodies all of the
characteristics that are associated with a true
educator,” said Dr. Gremillion. “His dedication
and loyalty to LSUSD have left an indelible mark
on the school and an imprint of quality care and
caring on the hearts of all with whom he
interacted. His spirit will forever be a
part of the fabric of the School of
Dentistry.”Taken together, these words paint
the vivid portrait of a one-of-a kind teacher.
This is why it is our great honor today to present
Dr. Shawky Mohamed with the first-ever
Distinguished Faculty Award.